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“In the human being,” explained Rabbi Schneur Zalman, “there are ‘rich’ organs, such as the mind and heart, and ‘poor’ organs, like the stomach. I refuse to remain in a city where they torture the poor!”
On the words "...and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed" (Exodus 21:19), our sages state: "the Torah grants permission to the physician to practice his healing arts" (Talmud, Berachot 60a). The following are excerpts from a letter written by the Rebb...
I was going to a funeral. My wife was headed to a sibling’s wedding. On the very same flight!
Why the Torah tells us to distance ourselves from lies
What’s so terrible, anyway? It’s not as if I was intending to harm anyone. Just a little white lie for short-term gain, with no obvious pain to come.
Can Cooking be an Un-Kosher Act?
Did you know that G-d would rather you cooked pork chops than a cheeseburger? That’s right. There is no biblical injunction against cooking pork—although eating it is absolutely forbidden... But it is forbidden to even cook meat together with milk.
The law of the "Four Guardians" as a model for the duties and priviliges of life
In this week's parshah, the Jewish people tell Moses, "All that G-d has spoken, we will do, and we will hear." The greatness of the people of Israel was not that they were prepared to blindly follow G-d's bidding without any understanding. If this were th...
"And these are the laws (Mishpatim) which you shall set before them" (Exodus 21:1) With the expression "set before them" (rather than "teach them") G-d emphasized that Moses should not merely teach the Torah's laws to the people once, in cursory fashion. ...
Three stages in the civilization of the individual and of society
There could be 1,000 people packing every pew, but if there are no young people among them, the congregation is moribund.
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